Anyone Who Does Business With Google Knows Philipp Schindler

Philipp Schindler, Google’s top sales executive, has his cellphone ringtone set to the “Star Wars” theme music. His office décor includes a collection of toy lightsabers, and he infuses presentations with references to the space epic.

The props are fitting for a man tasked with convincing business partners and regulators that his employer’s huge influence over the digital economy is more a force for good than evil.